"Lacus Somniorum (Lake of Dreams)"|
oil on canvas - 24 Inches x 18 Inches
This paintings is an imagination of the Lunar lacus (singular lacus, Latin for for "lake") from a close distance. Lacus Somniorum is a plain located in the northeastern part of the Moon's near side. It is located at selenographic coordinates 38.0° N, 29.2° E, and has a diameter of 384 kilometers. It is the largest of the lunar features designated Lacus. The name is Latin for Lake of Dreams, a title given to this feature by Riccioli, an Italian astronomer who was the first person to measure the rate of acceleration of a freely falling body. |
Lacus Somniorum is an irregular feature with complex, somewhat ill-defined borders. The surface has the same low albedo as the larger lunar mare found on the Moon, and its surface was formed by flows of basaltic lava.